Copa-Cogeca welcomes report on cutting red tape in Europe and urges CAP simplification

Copa-Cogeca has welcomed a new report by the Stoiber Group on cutting red tape in Europe, stressing that the next phase must be to simplify and cut excessive administration under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Speaking in Brussels, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “I welcome recommendations made in this seven year report by the High-Level Group on Adminstration on cutting red tape in Europe. I thank the EU Commission and other EU institutions for their commitment to this initiative”.

He continued “In particular, the HLG recommends that the Commission adopt a new EU action programme and strengthens existing EU programmes for reducing EU regulatory costs such as REFIT and set a net target for reducing regulatory costs. I also welcome the recommendation that all member states should adopt ambitious national targets to cut regulatory costs, accelerate national implementation of EU legislation and make sure that they do not add excessive amounts of administration to EU legislation or go beyond EU requirements (gold plating). The next phase must be to ensure a major simplification of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and a reduction in red tape.It stifles innovation and investment in the sector and causes a sharp increase in EU farmers and agri-cooperative costs, when they are already facing high input costs and increasing challenges”.

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